Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Call quality on the Nokia Lumia 800 is pretty good overall. Unfortunately, when we were on the Lumia, callers sounded slightly less clear than we would have hoped. Listeners on the other end however reported we sounded crisp, so while not perfect overall, nothing drastic to report. The loudspeaker delivers good, clear sound both for voice and media and we really like the fact that it's placed at the bottom of the unit so when the Nokia Lumia 800 is lying down, we can still hear the music or conversation as nothing is covering the speaker.

Mango is an efficient OS, with handsets like the HTC Radar performing stunningly well with mere 1GHz processors. In turn it comes as little surprise that the Nokia Lumia's 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor flies through tasks. After four days with the device we're yet to experience any slowdown or stutter despite having installed in excess of 15 apps and used the handset day in day out.

In terms of performance, the chink in the Nokia Lumia 800's armor is definitely its battery life. No, this isn't going to die by 4pm, but neither is it going to live strong for two days. Nokia handsets, N9 included are generally renowned for lasting forever and Windows Phone devices also tend to do well in this department. We'd expected the combination of both to deliver easily over a days worth of juice but sadly no. Juice is well and truly depleted come 10pm after a full days use. Not terrible, but not what we were expecting either.


And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music. While it does have its weak points, with the AMOLED delivering a blue hue when viewed at an angle and lackluster noise handling in the images, not to mention less than stellar battery life, we still find it very easy to recommend Nokia's new flagship as the pros outweigh the cons ten to one.

Looking at the current landscape of the Windows Phone market, the Nokia Lumia 800 is obviously one of the better options, although it's hardly usable in the U.S. However, a pretty decent alternative could be the HTC Radar, which comes in slightly cheaper, or, if you want more screen and a better camera, you can turn your attention to the HTC Titan.

When it comes to alternative OSs, the Nokia N9 with its MeeGo platform comes to mind first. It's worth checking out if you happen to enjoy the Lumia 800 hardware, but want a different kind of OS. Of course, with its vague future, everything MeeGo-related can't really be considered future-proof. That's why we believe it's worth exploring the high-end Android handsets out there, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation XE or EVO 3D, which are all great smartphones, offered at similar or lower prices than the one of the Lumia 800, which is another reason to consider these as possible alternatives.

Nokia Lumia 800 Video Review:


  • Solid, stylized design
  • Nokia apps add real value to WP
  • Smooth, fast operation


  • Smaller screen than N9
  • High price
  • Battery life could be better
  • No front facing camera

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1. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

lol, no front facing camera is mentioned twice.

31. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

''Lumia 800 is expected to land for about $580 (EUR 420) without carrier subsidies''. Why do PA say that this phone is too expensive???

33. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Because compared to the other competition, the Lumia 800 is expensive.

43. bbin82

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Check the contracts dude! It really isn't.

8. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Dude you are trolling shut up.

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

its not windows. its doors.

44. NokTokDaddy

Posts: 21; Member since: May 12, 2010

You're right: 'Windows' implies a view onto your digital world, whereas Mango offers open doors. This is the most liberating mobile experience available right now: I was playing with a friend's iP4 after a few days with my Lumia 800 and it actually felt clunky and awkward after Mango Never thought I'd say that about iOS...

4. Pego71

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

The first device windows phone nokia no call cam...absurd !!! remember that Microsoft has acquired skipe, ANDROID FOREVER !!

7. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's very true! My old Nokia X6 has a front-facing camera but their new 2011/2012 flagship doesn't have one.

21. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

U know it' was made within 8 months and atthe time they made it Windows had no support, not time to redesign the phone from scratch....don't forget it's Nokia we're talking about they started video calls

40. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Yes, both my N8 and older 5800XM have FFC...but to be honest...I hardly ever used them. In fact, I used FFC a short while on fring almost 2 years ago...then stopped because I much prefer the PC for this type of activity. To me, I would much rather have expandable memory and NFC. Then again, the Lumia's come with 25GB cloud storage...which is also very nice.

29. NokTokDaddy

Posts: 21; Member since: May 12, 2010

Having had front-facing cameras on various Nokias for years now and not used them for anything, this is a feature I can easily live without. Here in the UK at least, mobile data charges and network capacity effectively prevent video calling taking off on mobile, and if you look at desktop video calling this has hardly been an overwhelming success either. I think we have to remember that WP7.5 is intended to be a minimalistic yet easy-to-use UI atop a solid and fast OS; WP7.5 is not intended to appeal to the more technically-orientated power users - Nokia have Symbian and (for now) Meego-Harmattan for that. Having been a Symbian and Maemo user as well as having a SGS2 in the house to play with I can appreciate the virtues of WP7.5 and will probably be buying a Lumia 800 next week: Even as a power user and sometimes hacker myself, Mango delivers the functionality I need most: excellent email integration, integrated social media, and offline navigation - the latter a feature I rely upon for about five hours every day. All this in a very sexy package... I was sorely tempted by the Titan (better camera, IMO - something I never thought I'd say about an HTC - especially against an equivalent Nokia) but the more handy size and sheer quality of finish of the Lumia 800 do it for me. What I find most interesting about WP7.5 is how it makes both Symbian and Android look unduly heavy, complicated and awkward. From a power-user and tinkerer's perspective I'm sure I will find it lacking because everything just works so well. I suppose I can always keep my N8 or play with the SGS to if I want to indulge in some techno-massochism!

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

One of the Pros should be the 8MP still images, the quality is pretty good.

6. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Also, I find battery life to be decent not one of it's Cons. I think it's because we're used to longer battery life from Nokia phones because of Symbian.

30. NokTokDaddy

Posts: 21; Member since: May 12, 2010

True - we have been spoilt ;-> As a possible point of reference, someone I know who has had a Lumia 800 for about a week now has said that he's experiencing similar battery life to his own N8 under the same conditions. I don't think there are any standard devices that could last me a full day away from a charger, so for me at least this is less of an issue.

9. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

How is the screen 57% smaller than the N9?? The N9 is 3.9" the 800 3.7" so it is not over half the size smaller!

11. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Hm, it is a typo. It is 7% smaller. Sorry :)

12. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Not to worry lol

10. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

If people video call then this phone is not for them. Honestly though who does video calling even when they have a FFC on their phone? I recon only 1-2% of smartphone users that have FFC's on their phone video call. Video calling has been going for years just hadnt caught on. People tend to prefer to be indoors when video calling rather than mobile, even then they would use a computer of sorts. The only other reason to have a FFC is if you like taking pictures of yourself lol.

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

but i think it deserved better than 7.5 atleast an 8.. thats what i think but obiously i hvnt used it yet.

14. stevedojobs

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Stephen Elop said this phone is the real Window Phone!!!!! As for me it's not because it's the real Elop Phone instead of real Window phone.

15. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

people now use their phone for skype and having no secondary camera is a big disappointment. then you add the fact that it has only a 3.7" screen. and finally the price. heard its expensive. android can rest easy.

17. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

If Nokia would have just kept the same hardware as the N9 for the Lumia I would have been way closer to making it my next phone. Going from a 1.4 to 1 ghz processor, 1gb to 512mb RAM and finally the fact that the N9 has a dedicated graphics chip and the Lumia does not are just too much to overlook. WTH Nokia.

18. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Actually your wrong its going from a 1GHz CPU (N9) to a 1.4GHz CPU (Lumia 800). Oh and your wrong again. The Lumia 800 has a dedicated GPU. It uses the Snapdragon S2 SoC that has the Adreno 205 GPU. More advanced than the OMAP SoC PowerVR SGX530 GPU found on the N9!

19. orangejuice

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I stand corrected, when I compared the two I must have flipped them in my mind. The Lumia is back on my radar! Thanks for the correction.

22. JayJayTG

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Lumia is defo on my radar to :)

34. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

even so, if system and apps are fluid, what for better hardware. You don't like your battery?

23. snowgator

Posts: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

While I like this as a great first effort for Nokia, especially for the Europe market, there are good things a-coming for the US. So if you were tempted to grab an unlocked 800, you may want to wait until the calander reads 2012 to see what is next. Not only is there the rumored 900, but this LTE gossip based on this 800 design as well:

24. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

how come you didnt give 7 to iphone 4s since it has 3.5 screen and the unlock version is waaaaaaaaaaay more expensive! cmon lets face it. then i invite you to check unlock version of samsung galaxy, motorola droid, etc there been on the market for about 6 months and still expensier than this one!

25. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm just going to wait to see if the Samsung Focus S holds any promise. PA you can't ding it for having 10% less screen size than the N9, and the battery life is better than a lot of Android handsets Having Xbox Live integration is good, and all in all, this is the best and fullest WP7 offering to date. I'm really not impressed with HTCs Windows handsets, HTC please go back to using AMOLED panels in your phones' screens.

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Lumia 800
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(9.50h 3G talk time)

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